Annual Oral Health Section
This laser surgery can be an excellent option for treating gum disease.
Gum disease is a common condition that can be detrimental to your everyday life. Swollen, bleeding gums can cause discomfort while eating, drinking, and brushing your teeth. Furthermore, periodontal disease is progressive, and if left untreated, it can result in more serious problems such as tooth decay or loss and even bone loss. Fortunately, advancements in the treatment of gum disease are being made all the time, and laser gum surgery such as the LANAP treatment can provide a less painful alternative to conventional dental surgery.
What Is LANAP?
LANAP stands for Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure. During this procedure, a laser is used to remove any bacteria that’s causing the gum disease, as well as to slough away any infected tissue. The surgery is usually completed in two sessions, each lasting one to two hours. One side of the mouth is treated per session, and sometimes, splinting of loose teeth may be necessary during the first visit. Following the surgery, you may experience some soreness, and special care will have to be taken with your teeth and gums for a few weeks post-op.
What Are the Benefits?
The LANAP treatment is one of the most successful options when it comes to treating gum disease because it can target the problem without removing healthy tissue from the gums, slow or stop the progression of deteriorating gums, and allow for recovery without the added trauma to the mouth that scalpels or sutures can cause. Other benefits of this procedure include:
- Less pain, swelling, and bleeding
- Less sensitivity and gum loss
- Very little downtime after treatment
- Smaller chance of post-op infection
- Faster, more comfortable healing
- Promotion of gum tissue regeneration
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Anyone who is experiencing gum disease might be a good candidate for the LANAP treatment. The lasers used for the procedure don’t interfere with other medical conditions or medications that a patient might be on, and the absence of incisions can make the procedure an even better option for those who suffer from blood disorders or other conditions that might elevate their risk of infection.